The 79th CHAI AGBM and National Health Conference was held from 16th to 18th September 2022 at Rajagiri Hospital, Kerala. The theme of the event was “Post COVID Healthcare – Challenges and opportunities.”
Board members from the CHAI national board and 11 regional units participated in the three-day event. Thematic speakers shared their expertise on the areas of sustaining hospital-based ministry, sustaining community-based ministry, palliative care, and the importance of networking. Speakers included Dr. Joy Mammen, and Dr Shantidani, from CMC Vellore, Dr. Suresh Kumar from the Institute of palliative medicine and Mr. K. Paul Thomas, CEO, ESAF small finance bank. Following each speaker session, the participants brainstormed a way forward for sustaining the healthcare ministry through group discussions and interaction with the speakers.
This was followed by Sr Dr Giovanna Alberoni Memorial Award ceremony and a cultural evening. The MGM award was jointly instituted by CHAI and Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai, in honor of mother Gilovanna Alberoni who belonged to the congregation of Ursuline sisters of Mary Immaculate (UMI). An Italian missionary and a medical doctor by profession, she served for 72 years in India with exceptional compassion and commitment. She was also an inspirational leader in Healthcare and in the congregation. Out of the 30 sister doctors who were nominated from the CHAI Network, Sr. Dr. Agnes Xavier, CIC, was chosen for the award, through a process. Please click the links to view more details https://www.giovannaaward.org
The AGBM concluded with Business Session, where statutory formalities were dealt with. The three office bearers of CHAI, Sr Victoria Narichiti (President), Fr George Kannanthanam (Secretary) and Sr Bhavya Scaria (Treasurer) were unanimously re-elected for their second term. Please click the links to view a video summary and photo gallery of the event.
Our sincere gratitude to the CHAI Member institutions, Board members, Fr. Johnson and team of Rajagiri Hospital, and all those who contributed to the success of the event.
Rev. Dr. Mathew Abraham C.Ss.R, MD